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Hey everybody!

I recently have been thinking about my dechlorinator/conditionder lately, and have been wondering if i have been dosing it wrong:

I added some pictures of the instructions and brand.

I do 2 teaspoons per 10 gallons for both of the additives, although i only drain 25-30% of my tank water. So i am confused if 2 teaspoons is for a WHOLE tank of 10 gallons, or it means the water a drain FROM my 10 gallon. i am just a little bit worried that i am overdosing, although my fish have never seemed to have a problem with it, except with gill burns? My betta has been completely unaffected though :)

So bottom line, my questions is should i be using 2 teaspoons to treat a WHOLE 10 gallon tank, or just the 2-4 (depending on cleaning) gallons i drained?


Thanks, and don't forget the pictures---i will be doing a photoshoot for Honeycomb soon, and getting a Nerite snail! SO EXCITED!

ps, I USE THESE ADDITIVES WITH EVERY WATER CHANGE(EVERY WEEK)
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Instructions on back of the dechlorinator: Add 2 teaspoons (10ml) for every (38liters) 10 gallons of water. A capful for 10 gallons. Shake well before using.

Instructions on back of Easy Balance:Use weekly. Add 2 teaspoons for every 10 gallons of water.Do not use with a low-oxygen aquarium(i don't have an arstone).

Sorry if the pictures are unclear, thats the best i can get at the moment.

What should i be dosing?

Thanks :)
 

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:/ Hm. No idea about the second product there. I'm not convinced it really changes the water's balance so you have to do less cleanings..
As for Aquasafe, I bought 1 bottle. I didn't like the canola oil-like consitancy! But for my 2g I was adding half a capful without problems. These products always fail to help small tank owners out!! lol
 

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:/ Hm. No idea about the second product there. I'm not convinced it really changes the water's balance so you have to do less cleanings..
As for Aquasafe, I bought 1 bottle. I didn't like the canola oil-like consitancy! But for my 2g I was adding half a capful without problems. These products always fail to help small tank owners out!! lol
Totally true. I wonder is there are nay better products out there. I guess if i got a new product i would have to introduce it slowly to the tank
 

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I use topfin water conditioner. And yes I started dosing it in half amounts with the end of the bottle of aquasafe. So I used 50% of each until the yellow bottle was gone!
The topfin is at petsmart for like 10$ but it's a large bottle :)
 

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I use topfin water conditioner. And yes I started dosing it in half amounts with the end of the bottle of aquasafe. So I used 50% of each until the yellow bottle was gone!
The topfin is at petsmart for like 10$ but it's a large bottle :)
cool thanks!
 

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I used to use Prime water conditioner because it was more cost effective, but I couldn't stand the sulfur smell. My room is smaller and it just lingered for a couple hours.
I now use API's products for the most part. For the most part I use Stress Coat.

I don't see the need for the Easy Balance. IMO, the less chemicals in the water the better for the fish. I'm sure someone can come along and say differently, but if your tank is cycled and you are doing weekly water changes you shouldn't need it.

Also, you only need to condition the water you are adding. The water in your tank is already conditioned. (Hopefully :p)
 

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I used to use Prime water conditioner because it was more cost effective, but I couldn't stand the sulfur smell. My room is smaller and it just lingered for a couple hours.
I now use API's products for the most part. For the most part I use Stress Coat.

I don't see the need for the Easy Balance. IMO, the less chemicals in the water the better for the fish. I'm sure someone can come along and say differently, but if your tank is cycled and you are doing weekly water changes you shouldn't need it.

Also, you only need to condition the water you are adding. The water in your tank is already conditioned. (Hopefully :p)
Ok, thats good i don't need the easy balance then, i clean my water every week, and my tank is cycled :). So how much of the other dechlorinator should i really put in my water before i put it in the tank(partial water change) really?


Thanks, amazing answers!
 

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I do about 20-25% water changes on my 10 gallon. So about 2-2.5gallons. That conditioner is basically 1 ml to 1 gallon so 2 to 2.5 mls depending on what you do. A little extra is not going to harm them, but that is money you are pouring in the tank. :p So you can always just do an even 3ml's. I just guestimate most of the time. At one point I measure it out with a syringe though.
I like to let the water sit in the bucket for 5 minutes just to be safe that the dechlorinator has dispersed, but it's not necessary.
 

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I do about 20-25% water changes on my 10 gallon. So about 2-2.5gallons. That conditioner is basically 1 ml to 1 gallon so 2 to 2.5 mls depending on what you do. A little extra is not going to harm them, but that is money you are pouring in the tank. :p So you can always just do an even 3ml's. I just guestimate most of the time. At one point I measure it out with a syringe though.
I like to let the water sit in the bucket for 5 minutes just to be safe that the dechlorinator has dispersed, but it's not necessary.
Thanks so much! This probably why some of my old fish in my old tank had burns and mysterious ailments :cry:i feel bad now. I will do 3 ml from now on(i just want to make sure there is enough of it to clear the water of heavy metals and stuff) and i already let it sit for 10 minutes :)

Thanks, your posts were a lot of help :)
 

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I don't think that using some extra dechlorinator would cause any burns to your fish though, its more of a waste. Keep an eye on the levels in your tank to make sure it's not going haywire.
 

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I don't think that using some extra dechlorinator would cause any burns to your fish though, its more of a waste. Keep an eye on the levels in your tank to make sure it's not going haywire.
I will! Thanks!

I am so excited! Getting some Nerite snails Tomorrow or Friday!:lol:
 

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I don't think that using some extra dechlorinator would cause any burns to your fish though, its more of a waste. Keep an eye on the levels in your tank to make sure it's not going haywire.
I am going to do a water change right now. I will add only 3 mls, because before i was adding 2 teaspoons, i am afraid the drastic drop in the dechlorinator will harm my betta?
 

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Check with your water company to see if they use just chlorine or chloramide. My use only chlorine. So I let the water sit for few days and only use half the water conditioner to save money. It works for me but not sure work for any one else.
 
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